Born: 13 May 1956
Guru: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Founder: Art of Living Foundation
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Biography
Ravi Shankar was born in Papansam, Tamil Nadu. At birth, he was named Ravi for the Sunday he was born on. His first teacher was Sudhakar Chaturvedi, a friend of Mahatma Gandhi. Ravi Shankar completed a B.Sc from St.Joseph’s College. He met his guru, the famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, after graduation. He is known for Sudarshan Kriya. This rhythmic breathing practice was incorporated into a series of practical spirituality courses that he started. The first course of Art of Living, which is the core part of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s teachings, was held in Switzerland in 1983.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Career and Achievements
- The first course of Art of Living in North America was held in Apple Valley, California in 1986.
- His spirituality is marked by the transcendence of identity and his preaching of the importance of love for fellow man. Identity, as defined by religion, culture or nation, have found less importance in Sri Sri’s
- Sudarshan Kriya has become the subject of research in international peer review journals. These studies have found that the Sudarshan Kriya is quite effective in relieving stress. The yogic kriya has also been shown to alleviate anxiety and depression.
Ravi Shankar was eventually given the title of Sri Sri as a mark of his superior spirituality and yogic practices.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has advocated for peace with Pakistan at various times. He visited Pakistan on a mission for peace in 2004 and 2012. Art of Living centers was established in Islamabad and Karachi.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a member of the World Board of Religious Leaders at the Elijah Interfaith Institute. The board has engaged in interfaith discussions that look at effective ways to combat AIDS.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Awards and Recognition
- He was Nagendra Singh International Peace Award in 2016 for his contributions to peace in India and worldwide.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2016, which is India’s second highest civilian award.
- For his contributions to health and yoga popularization, he was awarded the Phoenix Award of the city of Atlanta, the USA in 2009.
- He was presented with Peru’s Highest Award, “Medalla de la Integracion en el Grado de Gran Oficial (Grand Officer)”.